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January 2019

Charles-François Daubigny Exhibition

January 3 - March 24
Hiroshima Museum of Art, 3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan

The first major exhibition of works by Charles-François Daubigny, a landscape painter admired by Monet and Van Gogh, arrives in Hiroshima.

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March 2019

Miyajima Hina Doll Festival

March 21 - April 3
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An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating indefinitely

Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Antique hina doll displays in 30 historical residences and shops on Miyajima. Main display locations Miyajima History and Folklore Museum (English speaking guides) Daishoin Temple Nosaka House Yoshida House Konishi House Official Ticket Purchase a ticket at the Miyajima pier for entry to the five main displays Adult: ¥300 15-18: ¥170 6-14: ¥150 Pick up a free event map and directions at Miyajima pier.  

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Cherry blossom ’yozakura’ night viewing

March 22 - April 4
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥260

The many varieties of cherry blossom in Shukkei-en Garden illuminated after dark. The garden is open until 9:00pm and admission is until 30 minutes before closing. In 2019 the cherry blossoms are illuminated from March 22 to April 4. See more photos from this beautiful event here.

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Setouchi Island Trail Race Kure – Kamikamagari

March 24
Kamagari Kenmin-no-hama Beach Park, 7646 Kamagaricho Oura
Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0402 Japan

11km and 22km trail races with great views of the Seto Inland Sea, starting and finishing at Kenmin-no-hama Beach Park. 22km ¥6300 entry fee, 5.5 hour cut off 11km ¥4800 entry fee, 3 hour cut off Kids 2.6km ¥1500 entry fee, 45 minute cut off Online entry until February 28, 2019 at Runnet http://www.setouchi-itrail.com/ https://www.facebook.com/setouchi.itrail/ Read about one beginner's experience at the Setouchi Island Trail Race here.

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Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Hiroshima Botanical Gardens

March 30
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥510
hiroshima-botanical-gardens-night-sakura-festival 2019

The sakura matsuri at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens runs throughout April and on weekends during the first half of the month they also open at night when the cherry trees are illuminated, along with other impressive light and candle displays.

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English Kagura Experience

March 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Citizen’s Culture Center, 1-5-3 Otemachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0051 Japan
¥1000

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Hiroshima Botanical Gardens

March 31
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥510
hiroshima-botanical-gardens-night-sakura-festival 2019

The sakura matsuri at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens runs throughout April and on weekends during the first half of the month they also open at night when the cherry trees are illuminated, along with other impressive light and candle displays.

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April 2019

Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Hiroshima Botanical Gardens

April 6
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥510
hiroshima-botanical-gardens-night-sakura-festival 2019

The sakura matsuri at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens runs throughout April and on weekends during the first half of the month they also open at night when the cherry trees are illuminated, along with other impressive light and candle displays.

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Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Hiroshima Botanical Gardens

April 7
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥510
hiroshima-botanical-gardens-night-sakura-festival 2019

The sakura matsuri at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens runs throughout April and on weekends during the first half of the month they also open at night when the cherry trees are illuminated, along with other impressive light and candle displays. Open until 21:00 Final admission 20:30 Live music Shuttle bus Leaving JR Itsukaichi Station (Kita-guchi/North Exit) 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30, 18:55, 19:35 Leaving Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens 15:50, 16:30, 17:10, 18:35, 19:15, 20:45, 21:20

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Sakura Cherry Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥700

Annual sakura Cherry Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony at the Seifukan tea house in Shukkei-en Garden.  

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Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Japan Mint

April 9 - April 15
Japan Mint, Hiroshima Branch, 6-3-1 Itsukaichi chuo, Saiki-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-5128 Japan
Free

Every year, the Hiroshima branch of the Japan Mint in Itsukaichi opens up its grounds to the public to enjoy the 56 varieties of cherry blossoms while they are at full bloom. The blossoms tend of come into full bloom later than those in Hiroshima city center, so although you wont find the party atmosphere of peak hanami season (food and drink is not allowed in the grounds), it is a good place to catch the blooms if you have missed them elsewhere, or if you just want…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

April 14 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until April 29 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Daisho-in Temple, 210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan
Free

Photo: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer "Hi-watari-shiki" Fire walking ritual takea place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15. Readings from the 8000 verse Perfection of Wisdom Sutra begin at 11am and extravagant Saito-goma rituals begin around 1pm in the temple forecourt with a purification offering to the alter and the chanting of sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air…

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FISE Hiroshima

April 19 - April 21
Site Of The Former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium, 5-44 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free

3 days of action sports in downtown Hiroshima at the former baseball stadium site.  UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup UCI BMX Freestyle Flatland World Cup FISE World Series Skateboard Street FIG Parkour World Cup IFSC Bouldering International Series World Skate Roller Freestyle World Cup WDSF World Open Series – Breaking Admission is free but there is registration process. 

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Dubway

April 19 @ 10:00 pm - 5:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00pm on day Third of the month, happening 12 times

Mugen∞5610, Atsuma Bldg, 1-3 Yagenbori
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0027 Japan
¥1000

Heavyweight dub sounds hosted by the Jah Love is Sweeter Sound System and guests at Mugen every 3rd Friday. Regular Selecters Roots&kazuchang Jah山 DJ Ali jah93  

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Kemby’s Anniversary Night

April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Kemby’s, 2-9-13 Otemachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0051 Japan
¥1000

20 years of Kemby's. Original owner, Kevin Nana, will be back in town to raise a glass or two with current owner, Prakash. Admission: ¥1000 (includes light food) 50 original commemorative T-shirts available each night.

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

April 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until April 29 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Tea harvesting and tea ceremony

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
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¥260 – ¥600

Watch young women pick the leave from the tea bushes in Shukkei-en Garden. Enjoy or cup of tea prepared with the freshly picked leaves free of charge or pay ¥600 to take part in a more formal tea ceremony in one the garden's tea houses. Tea picking  is at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.  

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May 2019

Hiroshima Flower Festival

May 3 - May 5
Peace Boulevard and around, Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan
Free

Hiroshima's biggest annual event, drawing in many more people than even the August 6 memorial day, the annual Flower Festival was inspired by the celebrations that followed the Hiroshima Carp's first championship in 1975. Crowded, noisy, high in kitsch and overtly commercial, it does, however, pull in tens of thousands of people from near and far, and many of them do seem to have a pretty good time. In addition to all the parades, pop bands, tarento celebrities, comedians and…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

May 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until June 2 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Hiba-yama Skyline Trail Run

May 26
Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori forest park, Saijo-cho
Shobara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
hiba-yama trail race

Tough, but rewarding trail run starting and finishing at Kenmin-no-mori ski area in Shobara. Great views from the top of Hiba-yama on the handful of days it hasn't been pouring with rain on race day. A race: 18.5km B race: 9km Schedule Registration 08:00-09:00 A course start 10:00 B course start 10:30 Awards 14:00 Entry fees: Adult ¥5000 Junior High & High School ¥3000 Entry: December 25 2018 - April 12 2019 Online entry at Runnet here. Download details in Japanese…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

May 26 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until June 2 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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June 2019

Mibu-no-Hanadaue Traditional Rice Planting Ritual

June 2 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mibu, Kitahiroshima-cho
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 731-1515 Japan
Free

Mibu-no-hanadaue is a revived rice planting ritual said to have roots in the middle ages that is renacted on the first Sunday of June every year. The event was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage in 2003 and many people now make the trip to Chiyoda in Kita-hiroshima to view it. Bulls are led through the streets to Mibu Hachiman Shrine where they are dressed with elaborately decorated saddles and colorful necklaces. They are then led to a field, and…

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Toukasan Yukata Festival

June 7 - June 9
Tōkasan Enryu-ji Temple, 8-12 Mikawa-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Hiroshima really comes alive over the three nights of Tōkasan - a festival that really does feel "festive".  Join the 300,000 people who will be donning their yukata for the first time this year who take over Chuo-dori and environs to promenade, play festival games like fish scooping, buy strange inflatable novelties and stuff their faces with equally strange stuff on sticks. As well as parades and summer bon dancing, there will be taiko drumming and other performances on stages…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

June 9 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until June 30 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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